Wednesday, April 15, 2009

On Soft-core gay porn disguised as indie films and blogging apathy

Recently, Migs of Manila Gay Guy featured yet another up and coming gay 'indie' titled "Heavenly Touch"

Now just by looking at the promotional photos and 'teaser', it was clear to me that THIS is going to be another one of those disappointing 'gay indie/art films'. Following the footsteps of movies like Sagwan, Daybreak, Walang Kawala, Lihim ni Antonio, and many more... Heavenly Touch promises to be nothing but a showcase of hard-bodied men cavorting in steamy soft-core gay porn scenes. And like its predecessors, Heavenly Touch so flimsily disguises itself as an 'indie/art film'...

And I am just so f*cking tired of movies like this...

On one hundred thrity peso-hard ons aka "gay indie movies"

Personally, I find it insulting. As a regular movie goer (who's at least fortunate enough to have gained some knowledge about the matter during my college years) I find this typeof movies an INSULT to my intellect and an INSULT to the gay community.

Ever since the emergence of the indie filmmaker, they have shown the country that there is art in despite humble production processes. And when it's popularity became widespread indie became equated (inevitably) with art.

Unfortunately, unbeknowst to the easily swayed indie patron, their love for the art was being abused by talentless and sleazy producers, directors, and writers (such as Joel Lamangan). They penetrate the patrons of indie films, selling their creations as art, whereas in truth, they are nothing but porn.

That is just cheap. These producers has to be stopped; they are destroying everything that the forerunners of the indie movement stood for.

We are not stupid, we see through the frail 'indie' disguise.

Movies like this Heavenly Touch were made with the sole intention of raising hard ons from the unsuspecting gay market. Wag na po tayong magtago sa likod ng imahen ng pagiging indie, ang nais lang naman ng mga pelikulang ito ay kunin ang pinaghirapang salapi ng mga bading kapalit ng pandaliang tigas. (sorry, for the language).

And recently, the pink market is just bombarded by despicable movies like this. What's more disturbing is that people are flocking to these movies! Whereas smart and beautifully crafted flicks like Queen Raquela barely has a decent number of audience

Is this what the gay community os all about: P130.00 hard ons? Don't we know better?

The case with MGG

So, with heart burning with passion, I wrote ths long-ish comment @ MGG:

Oliver wrote on 14. Apr 2009

sus eto na naman po tayo…

Wouldn’t it be easier (and interesting) if the producers just drop the “indie” and “film art” facade?

And why even bother with plots and narratives that, as we all know, at the end of the day, will not really matter and in all likelihood, does not have substance?

Wouldn’t be a refreshing change if the producers will just come out and say it as it is: Watch the movie because it has hot muscular guys in steamy gay scenes and there’s a high chance that Marco Morales will again give a cameo of his schlong!

I know I’m being cynical.. pero nakakapagod na kasi sumugod sa Robinson’s Indie Cine or sa UP Film Center, anticipate a GOOD gay film with substance, and end up watching soft core gay porn…

I mean, if I wanted to see porn, I could easily download it off the net. I wouldn’t have bothered going out of my way for an overpriced hard on.

And Migs, pasintabi lang po, wouldn’t you say that as ‘influential voices’ in the gay community, we should at least be critical (in whatever way we can) in promoting Gay flicks? wala lang, naisip ko lang…

Coz most of the time, I read about these movis in blogs…get all hyped up by all the blog buzz and then find it disappointing…

Again, pasintabi po sa mga nasagasaan, just giving my two cents…


To my amazement a lot of people have reacted to the post and a good number of them were actually reinforcing my POV!!!

However, to my great disappointment, Migs, owner of the site itself and author of the post replied:

migs wrote on 15. Apr 2009

Hi Oliver, unfortunately I do not take it upon myself to be a vanguard of anything just because some people consider me “influential.” Not that I shouldn’t be, it’s just my choice not to be. :)


I felt like I was punched in the gut. I was winded.

My thoughts on Migs' statement:

He won't be a vanguard of anything. I respect that. However, the mere act of featuring these movies are in a way indirectly endorsing them!

He won't be a vanguard of anything, and yet if you read some of his posts there some things he praises and some he condemns.

Example: he praises Zsazsa Zaturnnah (as do I) and exalts its brilliance. And advises his readers to leave the girls alone and not involve them in the messy affairs of gay men.

I feel like you can't be apathetic and at the same time have an opinion; it's either you're completely neutral or you choose to have an opinion.

His statement is like the movie itself. It's a promotion of the movie disguising itself as a neutral feature. He won't admit nor deny promoting the film. And yet, in the first place, he features the film in his blog! Then issues an apathy statement to disguise the fact that the blog entry is promoting the movie!

Well, I can't compete with MGG's traffic, I only have, what, 3 loyal readers? SO I guess in terms of influence, he'd be convincing more people that he is neutral than I.

4 comments:

  1. Just when I was about to borrow your comment for my own blog, here you are blogging about it. I absolutely agree with you in essence. ;)

    I don't think Migs cares. I emailed him on some *important* issues a long time ago and never got a reply. I don't think he has a real opinion on anything. Hehehehe...

    PS: Silmarillion reader, I suppose? :)

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  2. Hi Aldrin! huwaw belated happy birthday to you!!! :) and yes, I'm a BIG LOTR fan! :)

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  3. I think it is possible for movies to be made that I do not find tasteful or enjoy or "good." How does anyone come to the position that he knows what kind of art is good for another -- especially if it does not harm anyone in the process of it being made or experienced?

    Sex is what drives gay consumer markets. Without looking at the relationship between the visual representation of sex and the extraction of surplus value, your sense of feeling disturbed by the market will not change.

    I think most of the directors and DPs that produced Lihim ni Antonio, Walang Kawala, Daybreak, etc., have an idea regarding the balancing act on a knife's edge between what you criticize and what you enjoy. A very precarious position.

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